Denver

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ShermansTravel experts know where to find the best meal in town at the best price. Our restaurant reviews sift through the mountains of menus to highlight neighborhood gastronomic institutions and up-and-coming foodie hotspots – not to mention where to go for affordable, dependable fare complemented by a charming atmosphere.

Top Restaurants in Denver

Biker Jim's Dogs

This streetcart on the 17th Street Mall offers grilled reindeer and wild boar hot dogs, the most exotic and best budget lunch in town; open weekdays only.

SW corner of 16th and Arapahoe, CO, www.bikerjimsdogs.com
Tags: budget | editor pick | comfort food

Crú

Choose from over 300 varieties of wine, including 40 available by the glass, at this intimate spot decorated with oversized wine labels. Pair with world-class cheese flights or crisp-crust pizza topped with mixed greens and tender beef strips spiked with hot pepper flakes.

1442 Larimer St., CO, 303-893-9463, www.cruawinebar.com
Tags: moderate | editor pick | patio | wine bar | small plates

Duo

Chef John Broening puts Denver on the culinary map in this converted storefront venue where young professionals dine on dishes like swordfish on shallot mashed potatoes with lemon, cumin, and garlic topped with green olive tapinade and grilled ramps.

2413 W. 32nd Ave. at Zuni, CO, 303-477-4141, www.duodenver.com
Tags: seafood | expensive | notable chef | editor pick | smart splurge

Rioja

Chef Jennifer Jasinski stuffs tubular pasta with roasted eggplant and ricotta, gnocchi with mushrooms and arugula, and tortelloni with goat cheese and artichoke mousse at this Mediterranean-accented restaurant where hand-blown glass lighting fixtures suffuse diners with warmth.

1431 Larimer St., CO, 303-820-2282, www.riojadenver.com
Tags: expensive | notable chef | italian

Sam's No. 3

Denver’s top breakfast diner is the place to go for eggs, home fries, Polish sausage, and pork green chili. For lunch and dinner, try meatloaf, country fried steak, or 16 varieties of burgers.

1500 Curtis St., CO, 303-534-1927, www.samsno3.com
Tags: budget | comfort food | breakfast | diner

Sushi Sasa

Moving like dancers, the chefs here slice tuna, yellowtail, and octopus. See it all while sampling a combo plate of sushi and sashimi. Finish with small plates of fork-tender Kobe beef and Japanese vegetables.

2401 15th St., CO, 303-433-7272, www.sushisasadenver.com
Tags: family | moderate | sushi | japanese | small plates

Wynkoop Brewing Co.

Under pressed tin ceilings, brewers transform Rocky Mountain spring water into quality quaffs like dark Splatz Porter and light Patty’s Chile Beer. Pair your frothy choice with ale-steamed mussels, beer battered Atlantic cod, or stout braised pot roast.

1634 18th St., CO, 303-297-2700, www.wynkoop.com
Tags: moderate | comfort food | notable beer list

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